Re: [R] Select varying LS digits in long numbers?

From: Paul Johnson <pauljohn_at_ku.edu>
Date: Wed 05 Oct 2005 - 03:10:51 EST

Maybe this is just the brute force you want to avoid, but it works to coerce the integer into a string, and then back to a number. Could reduce number of lines by nesting functions, of course.

y <- 1234131431
n <- 3
ychar <- as.character(y)
ydigits <- nchar(ychar)
result <- as.numeric ( substr(ychar, ydigits- n +1, ydigits) )

pj

(Ted Harding) wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>
> I'm trying to find a neat solution to an apparently simple
> problem, but one which turns out to be a bit more intricate
> and tricky than one might expect.
>
> Suppose I have numbers given to a large number of digits.
> For example
>
> 1234567021
>
> where (though I don't know this beforehand) only the last
> 3 digits will be varying (and all 3 will vary).
>
> What I want is, give a vector x of such numbers, to extract
> the minimal set of final digits which will include the varying
> digits (i.e. in this case the last 3 digits). And there may be
> a decimal point somewhere along the line (though again I won't
> know where, nor whether).
>

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